Wreck And Reference

Wreck and Reference is going on tour with Some Ember

7.29 - Los Angeles, CA - Non Plus Ultra
8.12 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill
8.13 - Davis, CA - The Morgue
8.15 - Salt Lake City, UT - Diabolical Records
8.16 - Denver, CO - Juice Church
8.17 - Omaha, NE - Milk Run
8.18 - Ames, IA - DG’s Taphouse
8.19 - Minneapolis, MN - Eagle’s Club
8.20 - Chicago, IL - TriTriangle
8.21 - Detroit, MI - Trumbullplex
8.22 - Columbus, OH - Double Happiness
8.23 - Baltimore, MD - The Crown
8.24 - Washington, D.C. - Safari Rest. & Lounge
8.25 - New Paltz, NY - MLIBOG
8.26 - New York, NY - Alphaville
8.27 - Richmond, VA - Perfect Church
8.28 - Columbia, SC - Tapp’s Art Center
8.29 - Nashville, TN - Drkmttr
8.30 - Birmingham, AL - The Firehouse
8.31 - New Orleans, LA - Gasa Gasa
9.01 - Dallas, TX - Three Links
9.02 - Austin, TX - Sidewinder
9.03 - Tucson, AZ - Solar Culture



Going Against the Grain with Wreck and Reference’s @felixskinner

To see more of Felix’s photos, head over to @felixskinner on Instagram.

On a Saturday night this past spring, screeching dissonant guitars and a clashing, heavy-handed beat could be heard filling a dark bar in downtown Oakland. If one were to have peaked their head in, they would have been surprised to find the noise coming from just two people: drummer Ignat Frege (@hand_model) and multi-instrumentalist Felix Skinner (@felixskinner).

The two make up Wreck and Reference, a metal band from Los Angeles that defies most of the traditional trappings of metal bands. There is no guitar on stage, no bassist. Only two musicians, one of who, Felix, elicits piercing, guttural screams into the microphone while striking the pads on an electronic sampler strapped around his neck.

“It was clear early on that the possibilities that it provided were limitless, that it would allow us to run with any mad idea we had,” says Felix, 28, about his use of a tool more closely aligned with electronic and hip-hop music than metal. “We’re typically drawn to sounds that aren’t traceable, that require a bit of wrangling and warping to make just right.”

Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, Felix began taking guitar lessons at the age of 10. But he was more intrigued in going against the grain with his music than submitting to any prescribed notion of what things were supposed to sound like. He refused to practice the Dave Matthews Band songs his teacher asked him to memorize.

“I was more interested in the strange sounds I could create by hitting the parts of the guitar I was told not to, using my pick to scrape instead of pluck,” he says. “In retrospect, it’s clear this was just a way for me to cope with the fact that my fingers never did what I wanted them to.”

The harsh, unforgiving tones that would eventually make up the sounds of Wreck and Reference go hand-in-hand with the photos Felix likes to take: haunting, captionless images tinted black and gray and red. But when it comes to writing music, it’s more about sensations than images for him, creating songs about unsettling feelings. It’s about tapping into an emotion, no matter if the sound that comes out fits into someone’s built-up perception of a musical genre.

“We’re just as averse to being a ‘synth band’ or an ‘electronic band’ as we are to being a ‘guitar band,’” he says. “As soon as we find ourselves in a box like that we’re overcome by the urge to kick our way out.”

––Instagram @music



There’s something special about Deafheaven, that much is clear. Regardless of the outlet (New York Times, anyone) that has lauded the band’s shoegaze-ish black metal (blackgaze is not a thing, okay), the band has made waves with their recorded and live work in equal amounts. Considering the band just played at the Echoplex in Los Angeles a few months ago, the uninitiated could be tempted to say their August 23rd show was a case of been-there-done-that. They would be wrong. While their earlier two-night showcase at the Echoplex was opening for Japanese sludge-droners Boris, the three band lineup preceding them last Friday was about as perfect a set up as possible.

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This was the last show I had a chance to shoot Wreck & Reference at while on tour with Pallbearer + Deafheaven. It was a hard day, hot as fuck and endlessly exhausting in Dallas TX but their energy is unceasing and their songs moving and anxiety gifting (a hidden blessing); truly something not to be missed. I miss them and their crew deeply and wish we could’ve had more time to get to know each other. til next, dudes!

  • Apologies
  • Wreck and Reference
  • Want

Gagging before green walls. Adopting postures of defeat. Hanging pendants from every weakness. Gnawing at my own restraints. I feel my bones splinter inside me. My nerves knotted, gnarled, and bare. Dry mouth spitting at every mirror. I will call this by its name. Surrender.

He used to say, sometimes you need to do something bad to stop yourself from doing something worse.
[Listen here]

I’m Not Formed By Things That Are of Myself Alone Mia Wasikowska The Pioneers (m83 remix) Bloc Party Execution Andy Stott Contrition Defeater Untitled La Dispute I Don’t Love Have a Nice Life тревогой объяты materic Stranger, Fill This Hole In Me Wreck and Reference Ocean Death Baths We Are Not Responsible For Who We Come To Be (Free) Clint Mansell

Wreck and Reference will be supporting Deafheaven on their summer full US tour starting in June, with Pallbearer for most of the dates. A couple more W&R-only shows on the off days will be announced soon. 

06-08 Cambridge, MA - The Sinclair
06-09 Philadelphia, PA - The Barbary
06-10 Washington, DC - Rock & Roll Hotel
06-11 Richmond, VA - The Canal Club
06-15 Miami, FL - Churchill’s Pub
06-16 Orlando, FL - Backbooth
06-17 Tampa, FL - The Crowbar
06-18 New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jack’s
06-20 St. Louis, MO - The Firebird
06-21 Detroit, MI - The Magic Stick
06-22 Madison, WI - High Noon Saloon
06-23 Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock Social Club
06-24 Lawrence, KS - The Granada
06-26 Houston, TX - Fitzgerald’s
06-27 Austin, TX - Red 7
06-28 Dallas, TX - Club Dada
06-30 Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom
07-01 San Diego, CA - The Casbah
07-02 San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall


Wreck & Reference’s new 11-song album, Want, has been slated for a June 10th release on CD, LP and Digital formats through SF-based dark music label The Flenser. 37 minutes in length, Want was recorded by the band and mixed/mastered by Jack Shirley (Deafheaven, Whirr, Loma Prieta) and sees Wreck and Reference taking a new sonic direction while maintaining their hold on experimental, electronic, and post metal genres: a trainwreck of contradictions that is devastatingly addictive. In conjunction with their new album release, Wreck & Reference has been tapped as support (alongside Pallbearer) on the upcoming Deafheaven tour which starts June 8th in Boston and ends July 2nd at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco – check out the full routing below.

Formed in 2011 by drummer Ignat Frege and instrumentalist Felix Skinner, Wreck & Reference play by their own rules and create a sound that is unorthodox and captivating using drums, vocals, and computers. The band released their demo Black Cassette that same year, which immediately turned heads from critics and fans alike. The following year, Wreck & Reference released their debut full-length, Y̶o̶u̶t̶h̶, to more critical praise. Even more dark and mysterious than its predecessor, Y̶o̶u̶t̶h̶ catapulted Wreck & Reference to the forefront of unconventional heavy music. The band released their landmark effort C̶o̶n̶t̶e̶n̶t̶ in May of last year, also on The Flenser, which was called “weirdly heavy and unnerving” by NPR.

Song premieres, pre-order information, and more tour dates coming soon for Wreck & Reference’s Want. In the meantime, check out a segment of a new track alongside footage of Wreck & Reference in the studio here.

Want Track Listing:
1. Corpse Museum
2. Apollo Beneath The Whip
3. Stranger, Fill This Hole In Me
4. Bankrupt
5. A Glass Cage For An Animal
6. A Tax
7. Flies
8. Convalescence
9. Machine Of Confusion
10. Swallow
11. Apologies

8 Boston, MA @ Sinclair w/ Deafheaven, Pallbearer
9 Philadelphia, PA @ Barbary w/ Deafheaven, Pallbearer
10 Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel w/ Deafheaven, Pallbearer
11 Richmond, VA @ Canal Club w/ Deafheaven, Pallbearer
15 Miami, FL @ Churchill’s w/ Deafheaven, Pallbearer
16 Orlando, FL @ Backbooth w/ Deafheaven, Pallbearer
17 Tampa, FL @ Crowbar w/ Deafheaven, Pallbearer
18 New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jack’s w/ Deafheaven, Pallbearer
20 St. Louis, MO @ Firebird w/ Deafheaven, Pallbearer
21 Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick w/ Deafheaven, Pallbearer
22 Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon w/ Deafheaven, Pallbearer
23 Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock w/ Deafheaven, Pallbearer
24 Lawrence, KS @ Granada w/ Deafheaven, Pallbearer
26 Houston, TX @ FItzgerald’s w/ Deafheaven, Pallbearer
27 Austin, TX @ Red 7 w/ Deafheaven, Pallbearer
28 Dallas, TX @ Club Dada w/ Deafheaven, Pallbearer
30 Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom w/ Deafheaven, Destruction Unit
1 San Diego, CA @ Casbah w/ Deafheaven
2 San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall w/ Deafheaven